The man accused of leaving the N-word in place of a tip on a waitress’ receipt says he didn’t do it, and hired a handwriting analyst to prove it.
When Toni Christina Jenkins, a Red Lobster server from Franklin, Tennessee, Facebooked an image of a receipt with the words “none N*****” where her tip should have been, she received an outpouring of sympathy from strangers around the world. A group of good samaritans immediately launched Tips for Toni, which raised over $10,000 to compensate the young woman for her troubles.
Jenkins was finally able to buy the car she’d been saving up for, while Devin Barnes — the customer whose name was on the receipt — was labeled a racist ass. Barnes admits to being the latter — he did write the “none” where he should have left a tip — however, he told WKRN-TV that he’d never use a racial slur. Like pretty much everyone White accused of hating Black people, he also claimed he has many African American friends.
“I didn’t do nothing. Why are people blaming me for something I didn’t do?” said Barnes. A handwriting analyst hired by his legal team says it’s “more likely than not” that whoever wrote “none” wasn’t the same person who penned the N-word.
A second analyst, hired by The Daily Caller, analyzed samples of Jenkins’ handwriting and noticed a few key similarities. “I believe within a reasonable degree of certainty that the waitress actually wrote the word,” forensic expert Bob Baier, told the site. “If you look at the g’s, the e’s, the r’s, they match up. Those are the most unique writing habits she had.”
Baier noted that further analysis is needed, while Barnes plans to use the evidence he’s compiled in lawsuit against the Jenkins and Red Lobster. “I know I didn’t write it, but if he’s claiming he didn’t write it, I believe him wholeheartedly,” said Jenkins in response, noting that it could have been anyone in the restaurant at the time, but reiterating that it wasn’t her.
RYOT NOTE: It’s disheartening to learn that, in 2013, anyone would write the N-word on Jenkins’ receipt. The NAACP is working hard to ensure a society in which all individuals are given equal rights and respect, regardless of race. Click the Action Box atop this story to learn more, fight discrimination and Become the News!